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After statement saying white supremacist violence isn’t free speech, are CA ACLU branches breaking rank?

Aug 17, 2017

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After statement saying white supremacist violence isn’t free speech, are CA ACLU branches breaking rank?

The American Civil Liberties Union has been in the spotlight since the beginning of the Trump administration as the major legal organization pushing back against some of its more controversial policies, like the president’s travel ban. But their recent defense of white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia has many questioning their long-standing philosophy of advocating for First Amendment rights, even for hate groups.

On Thursday, three branches of the ACLU of California released a joint statement saying that while they support freedom of speech, “the First Amendment does not protect people who incite or engage in violence.” Though it does not say so in as many words, some are viewing this as the California branches breaking step with the national branch.

#Breaking A statement from @ACLU_SoCal, @ACLU_NorCal & @sdACLU: White Supremacist Violence is not Free Speech https://t.co/qsI9q8wwx2 pic.twitter.com/D0m3f4SDZY

— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) August 16, 2017

 

We reached out to the three ACLU California branches who issued the joint statement. The ACLU of Southern California was not available for the show today. We also reached out to the national branch of the ACLU, which has not responded to our request for comment.

Guest:

Eugene Volokh, professor of law at UCLA

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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